Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cognitive Dissonance - Feature, Not A Bug

I thought this would be a good time to post the TED video of Lisa Margonelli talking about the politics of oil. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has slipped too far away from our collective consciousness too fast. And there's no excuse for that here in Canada, where Chevron is drilling an even deeper well than the failed Deepwater Horizon off the east coast and a recent ruling from a Senate committee says there’s no need to prevent companies from drilling for oil in Canadian coastal waters. On top of that, soon there will likely be four nations including Canada drilling for oil and gas in Arctic waters. That's what the current gold rush is all about. So what are the hazards and why aren't we talking about them? Lisa makes the case that there is a collective cognitive dissonance on all our parts that allows us to get distracted from the real issues and prevents us from taking real action that might change the dynamics of the problem.

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